All right, you like to eat chocolate, make that LOVE to eat chocolate, but you are concerned about your figure. Well, maybe you need not be concerned any more. Fortunately for you, researchers at the University of California at San Diego discovered that people who ate lots of chocolate tended to be slimmer than those who ate less chocolate.
Researchers believe that the results of the study may be due to the fact that chocolate ingredients may favor weight loss more than fat creation. According to the study, which was published in Archives of Internal Medicine, there was a correlation between regular chocolate consumption and lower BMI.
So what companies may benefit from the chocolate craze? Here are a few ideas from WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, which has a free list of about a dozen chocolate and candy stocks, most of which pay dividends. Here are some ideas:
Hershey (HSY), largest manufacturer of chocolate in North America
Forward PE ratio 21.9, yield 2.5%.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (RMCF), makes and markets chocolate caramels, creams, mints, and truffles
Forward PE ratio 15.6, yield 4.3%.
Nestle (NSRGY.PK), famous chocolate manufacturer
Forward P/E ratio 18.7
Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) (BRK-B), Warren Buffett's company, owns See's Candies (obviously a very small portion of its portfolio)
PE ratio 19.1
Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli (LSPN.DE) (COCXF.PK), sells its products under the Lindt, Ghirardelli, and Caffarel brands.
PE ratio 23.2
If you want to see a free list of all the publicly traded chocolate and candy stocks, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com. The list, which includes several companies that pay dividends, can be downloaded, updated, and sorted.
Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.